Mourinho on how Man Utd star has become one of world's best

Aubrey Yates
October 1, 2017

Lukaku made it 10 goals in his first nine United games with a brace in Wednesday's 4-1 victory at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League and, despite only landing in the early hours of Thursday morning, is set to start again on Saturday afternoon.

Mourinho has been playing more or less a settled line-up in the Premier League, but has chosen to rotate his squad in the Champions League, with players such as Ander Herrera, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling getting their opportunities.

"They are usually not up to speed, they don't blend in as much as you would like them to and it can make it a bit of a scrappy game".

United are now preparing to next face bottom of the table Crystal Palace at the Old Trafford on Saturday.

"There's not a competition that we are going to prioritise".

They're back now competing and you'd expect United now to be at the latter stages of the Champions League and certainly winning the Premiership.

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"(Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, Pogba, (Marcos) Rojo, I don't think about these players", he added.

"Look, in here without Zlatan we can not rotate the striker, especially because Marcus Rashford is playing also in other positions", Mourinho said, with Lukaku having so far only missed the Carabao Cup win against Burton.

Young, who has captained the side on numerous occasions this term, has eight months left on his current contract but refuses to be distracted by renewal discussions maintaining he is focused on the team's success.

"As a footballer, you want to win trophies and be part of a successful team and for me, Manchester United is that club".

While irked by the ongoing scheduling issues impacting teams in continental action, Mourinho did not want to be seen as moaning as it "doesn't give me solutions".

"I feel really good. It shows the manager has trust in me and I've got to repay him and I think I've been doing that in the games I've played".

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